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Undefeated wins Oscar for best documentary feature

  • Reuters, Los Angeles
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  • Updated: Feb 27, 2012 08:19 IST

Undefeated won the Oscar for best documentary feature on Sunday, an inspiring story about a struggling high school football team in a poor Memphis neighborhood.

Directed by Daniel Lindsay and TJ Martin, the film chronicles how a charismatic volunteer coach turns the team and its players around after years of losses.

The film has echoes of The Blind Side, the 2009 feature film in which a Memphis mother played by Sandra Bullock adopts a homeless black teenager and helps him achieve football stardom.

In a wide open field with no clear favorite, Undefeated beat off strong competition from Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, about the fight of three convicted murderers to clear their names, and Hell and Back Again, detailing the struggles of a war veteran returning to civilian life.

(Reporting By Tim Reid; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 

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